Macjordangh.com Finally Launched


If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been blogging here very much recently. I bought the domain; http://macjordangh.com  from Web4Africa Web Services.

Somewhere last month, I moved all contents from my free hosted blog: https://macjordangh.wordpress.com onto the new domain: http://macjordangh.com below.

Macjordangh.com

Macjordangh.com

 

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Maker Faire Africa 2011 : Cairo, Egypt


From the Maker Faire Africa Blog:

Maker Faire Africa is pleased to announce our 3rd event, ‘Maker Faire Africa 2011 : Cairo‘ which will take place in Egypt, October 6-8th, 2011.  Join us once again as we continue to cultivate  new and existing maker communities across Africa. As was the case in Accra (‘09) and Nairobi (’10), MFA 2011 will present and spotlight the vibrant and endlessly creative individuals that have come to represent the spirit of ‘making’ throughout the continent.

These innovators, artists and tinkerers will be exhibiting a fusion of the informal and formal; ideas, inventions, hacks and designs both low-tech & high-tech.  From cuisine to machines, come see their re-imagining of products, exploration of novel materials, and original solutions for some of the continent’s most important challenges and opportunities.  Maker Faire Africa 2011 will be a celebratory showcase of unhindered experimentation and curiosity. We look forward to seeing you this October.

Please check back for further updates.

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Accra Wi-Fi Map Launched


On September 2, 2009; I was inspired by Rebecca Wanjiku’s article; Free Wi-Fi hotspot locator in Nairobi to also write on Free Wi-Fi Hotspots In Accra which pointed out the various FREE Wi-Fi spots in Accra about 2-years ago.

This morning, one of my tech and social media mentors; Erik Hersman shared the link to the Nairobi Wi-Fi map which made me decide on creating and developing the Wi-Fi Map for Accra.

The site is designed and built on the Crowdmap platform by the Ushahidi Team from Kenya. Its allows you to

  • Collect information from cell phones, news and the web.
  • Aggregate that information into a single platform.
  • Visualize it on a map and time-line.

Accra Wi-fi Map

Accra Wi-Fi Hotspot map will provide data on all Wi-Fi hotspots located in the heart of Accra. The various categories include:

  • FREE Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Hotels & Guest Houses With Wi-FI
  • Cyber Cafes & Coffee Shops

I entrust all dwellers, visitors, bloggers and techies in Accra to feed in enough data unto the site. Visit the site: http://accrawifi.crowdmap.com/ and submit a report of all Wi-Fi Hotspot you’ve accessed recently. You can also submit a report by texting to the number: (+233) 262.220.210

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2 Represent Ghana At Big Brother Africa Amplified


On May 1, 2011; M-net Africa; organizers of this year’s Big Brother Africa Amplified revealed the new 26 young, energetic, talented & adventurous housemates for the season 6 reality show.  Among the 26 house-mates; two Ghanaians; AlexConfidence are presenting Ghana in the competition.

Big Brother Amplified Logo

The competition running 91 days and 24/7 non-stop with a dream prize of USD200 000. The sixth season of Africa’s biggest reality show, according to organizers, will include more drama, emotions, excitement and suspense. Fourteen of the housemates are ‘somewhat’ celebrities in their countries, with careers ranging from radio and television personalities to models and actors.

In my previous post: Big Brother Africa – Season 6 Is On; I made mention how Big Brother Amplified will be showcasing Housemates from 14 countries including:

Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

There are two housemates from most countries except Angola and Mozambique, with one housemate each. In total, there are 16 female housemates and 10 male housemates.

Alex - Ghana

Alex – 31-years old Fashion Designer from Accra is pretty sure, Africa would like him whiles in the house. He’s once worked in the fashion district of New York and believes in empowerment of the individual. According to Alex; he wanted to be in Big Brother Africa because he believes he “can bring it home for Ghana”.

Confidence on the other hand is a 37 years old Night Club owner also from Accra, Ghana.  She’s also the CEO of a Multimedia company in Ghana. According to Confidence; she would love to turn out like her role model aunt who, she believes, is “sexy, strong and principled”.

Confidence-Ghana

The rest of the 24 house-mates are:

Ernest & Sharon O – Kampala, Uganda

Vimbai & Wendall – Harare, Zimbabwe

Millicent & Nic – Nairobi, Kenya

“Miss P” – Peo & Zeus: Gaborone, Botswana

Lotus – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Weza – Luanda, Angola

Michael – Maputo, Mozambique

Karen & Vina – Jos & Lagos, Nigeria respectively

Kim & Mumba – Livingstone & Lusaka; Zambia respectively.

Felicia & Lomwe – Lilongwe & Blantyre Malawi respectively.

Bernadina & Jossy – Keetmanshoop & Windhoek; Namibia respectively.

Luclay  & Nkuli, Cape Town & Johannesburg; South Africa respectively.

Wishing all the house-mates the very best. Meanwhile, you can catch all the action on DStv Channel 198 24/7.

You can follow the discussion on the social media platforms here; e.g. Facebook or on Twitter with the hash-tag: #BBAamplified

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Ghana ICT & Telecoms Summit and Best Customer Service Awards 2011


The first ever Ghana ICT & Telecoms Summit and Awards Night takes place in Accra, Ghana from April 28 – 29, 2011 at the Kofi Annan ICT Center and the La Palm Royal Hotel respectively.

Ghana ICT & Telecoms Summit

 About:

Ghana ICT & Telecom Summit 2011 is designed to explore the critical business, service and technology strategies needed to ensure market competitiveness and exploit emerging opportunities for increased growth and profitability in Ghana ICT market.

Keynote presentations, dialogues and round-table discussions will feature C-level executives from the major operators in Ghana including Ministry of Communication, National Communication Authority of Ghana, Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), and Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), as well as government and regulatory authorities, influential institutes and associations.

Selected operators from overseas markets will share first-hand experiences and case studies relevant to Ghana’s broadband development aspirations.

As part of customer’s feedback/response for the Best Customer Service Company category, the organizers of the Awards Night have teamed-up with Ghanaian start-up; NandiMobile who are offering a customized version of it award winning Gripeline service for the purposes of collating votes for the telecoms company in Ghana with the best customer service.

Best Customer Service Awards platform by NandiMobile

Among the different categories, the Best Customer Service Category (bcsc) is the only one open to the general public.

Individuals can vote (i.e. MTN, Expresso, Airtel, TiGO and Vodafone) by sending their choice to 1945 proceeding with the keyword BCSC. e.g. (bcsc Safaricom to short code 1945) where Safaricom is the telecom company’s name.

Garage48 Opens in Accra, Ghana


Garage48 : 13 - 15 May, 2011. Accra, Ghana.

Garage48 : 13 - 15 May, 2011. Accra, Ghana.

The past couple of months saw several technology focused events happening in the capital of Ghana, Accra. Most recent was the Innovation Week 2011 [iWeek 2011] which again offered me the opportunity to show-case my Social Media know-how to participants and other technocrats who attended.

Just yesterday; I heard about Garage48; an event started in Estonia in April 2010 that have expanded to other countries in Northern Europe and Africa. All Garage48 events are held in English and have about 100 participants from different countries. Participants have different skills, ranging from software development to design, marketing and management.

Garage48 is happening from May 13 -1 5, 2011 at the Kofi Annan ICT Center. The event starts at 5pm on Friday with the presentation of various product ideas.

The teams are formed and derived organically. By the end of weekend, the teams will have a working products or prototypes. On Sunday evening, starting at 5:00pm, every team will showcase their product with live demo on stage in front of other participants and big audience. The jury and the audience will choose their favorite team or service.

“The event is mainly for tech practitioners namely graphic designers as well as front-end and back-End software and mobile developers. But we need also people with business skills – project managers, visionaries and marketing specialist. Everybody with great skills can apply to our event, but we will choose only around 100 best applicants to the event,” explained Ragnar Sass.

Inspiring and supporting environment is an important prerequisite to the birth of new ideas. Business and social network is increasingly important to start a new successful business. Despite that in many countries in Africa the market is huge, tens of millions of people, the IT sector is making its first steps.

According to Ragnar Sass again; while visiting Nigeria and Ghana in March, he met dozens of talented developers. The purpose of the events, in addition to build the local startup community, is to help those talented developers to get connections with successful entrepreneurs in Europe and America.

How does it work?

Garage48 events usually start at 5pm on a Friday evening. All participants gather together in a big room and pitch about 30 to 40 ideas on stage. Each idea is put on the wall and everyone can choose their favorite idea and team. Usually about 12-15 ideas will be selected and teams start working.

If you consider organizing Garage48 event in your country, please contact us info@garage48.org for further details.

Registration and more information for Accra’s maiden event here:  Garage48 Accra

See Map below for direction.

Map of Kofi Annan ICT Center, Accra. Ghana

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2010 In Review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 158 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 22mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 16th with 99 views. The most popular post that day was A Closer Look Into Ghana’s First Oil. A Blessing or Curse?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, ghanablogging.com, globalvoicesonline.org, and kojobaffoe.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for free sms to ghana, google baraza, red phone, taurian deveaux, and ghanamixtapes.com.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

A Closer Look Into Ghana’s First Oil. A Blessing or Curse? December 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Google’s Gmail Free SMS in Ghana March 2010
1 comment

3

Google Baraza – Q&A for Africa October 2010
2 comments

4

Sandi Owusu’s Diva Delicious Line…. May 2010
3 comments

5

About Mac-Jordan January 2010
3 comments

FCC Commissioner; Mignon L. Clyburn Meets With Ghanaian Media/Internet Users.


Gradually, Ghanaian bloggers and free-lance journalists in Ghana are getting the necessary attention and recognition they deserve to keep on impacting their communities positively and also creating awareness about social issues that needs to be discussed and addressed.

I was very glad (and a bit nervous) when Stephen Anti formerly of Joy 99.7 FM and now with the US Embassy in Accra extended an invitation to attend and also be a panelist on a round-table discussion on the topic: “Internet Use and the Ghanaian Media.”

The forum was held by the Information Resource Center (IRC) of the US Embassy  in honour of the visiting Federal Communications Commissioner; Mignon L. Clyburn who was in Ghana for a couple of days and wanted to meet and interact with media practitioners in Ghana.

FCC Commissioner; Mignon Clyburn

 

On the panel was Mrs. Abigail Bonsu from the Graphic Communications Group Limited, Isaac Yeboah from Multimedia Group Ltd representing MyJoyOnline, Emmanuel Dogbevi of Ghana Business News, Kojo Asante of Peace FM Online (he couldn’t make it, I guess) & I representing the prestigious Ghana Blogging Community, Future Challenges Organization & Global Voices Online.  Each panelist had 20-mins to present his/her ideas and opinions on the topic been discussed.

Mr. Isaac Yeboah was the first to take the floor, where he shared insights into the running of http://myjoyonline.com as a different organization from the radio station; Joy 99.7 fm. He also touched on content aggregation and how viral some political topics could shoot up with several comments where in another instance, an article about the Ghanaian 2011 Budget presentation won’t even be looked at by readers/news junkies.

Next was Mr. Emmanuel Dogbevi who talked about how he’s running ; http://ghanabusinessnews.com all by himself without any financial support from anyone. He’s actually motivated to continue this venture knowing that, it surely going to pay off someday. He also stressed on how his outfit is doing very well when it comes to reporting business news in Ghana and how he won’t allow any organization, company or person to stand in his way of reporting.

Mrs. Abigail Bonsu spoke briefly on what her outfit hope to achieve now that, traditional journalism is almost dying out because of new media (social media) been embraced by all and sundry.

I had a presentation prepared for my session therefore, I happened to be the last to speak. I spoke briefly about myself and the various organizations I’m connected to.I recommended the US Embassy in Accra to share info’s and other important contents from their outfit via Social Media platforms just like US Embassy Pretoria and Harare are doing. Follow them on Twitter here: @USEmbPretoria & @USEmbassyHarare. Would be very glad to see a US Embassy Accra Twitter account soon, though. #USEmbassyAccra

Please find my presentation below.

 

 

Photo Credit: Federal Communications Commission.

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TEDxHarambe, Accra. Ghana – New Capitalism


On November 04, 2010; there will be an independent TEDx event; TEDxHarambe for young Tech & Social Entrepreneurs and Corporate Executives in Accra, Ghana.

The theme for the one-day event is on; “New Capitalism”. The programme will run from 12 pm – 7 pm at the College of Physicians and Surgeons; Accra – No. 54 Independence Ave. near Ridge Roundabout.

TEDxHarambe - New Capitalism

 

See Press Release from TEDxHarambe for more information.

Ghana’s young entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and corporate executives will gather in Accra to listen to and exchange ideas of how social value can be created through enterprise under the theme “New Capitalism” on November 4, 2010.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxHarambe, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxHarambe, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxHarambe will feature entrepreneurs whom apart from profit seek a second bottom line through their business ventures.  Speakers like Stuart Gold (Founder/CEO, Trashy Bags), Jim Brenner (CEO, Broadcove Partners), Mr. Kafui Prebbie (CEO, 1village Africa), Yaw Owusu (Founder/MD, Gateway Innovations), Sander Smits van Oyen (MD, Sovec Fund), Dr. Dennis Larkin (Superintendent, Lincoln Community School).

Also on the bill are Kimathi Kuenyehia Sr (Managing Partner, Kimathi & Kimathi Corporate Attorneys), Kofi Bentil (Coordinator, mPedigree), Chiedza Makonnen (CEO, Afrodesiac Worldwide & Revolutionary Underground), Vincent Amponsah (Director, IDP Rising Schools Program), Muhtar Bakara (Publisher, Kachifo Ltd), Elorm Goh (CEO, Food Transactions Ltd) will share how they are using new technologies, new models, and new ideas to not only create economic value but social value as well, something we call, New Capitalism.

TEDxHarambe is a FREE and open event for anyone who is interested in using their skills, talent and resources to better Ghana and Africa as a whole.  Young entrepreneurs and people with an active interest in utilizing creativity for development are encouraged to attend.

TEDxHarambe is organized by Harambe Ghana and Business Minds Investment Club (BMIC) and is sponsored by Unilever Ghana, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Voltic Ghana Ltd., Broad Cove Partners, WEBS Design, Business and Financial Times, Jungle Productions, IBurst Africa, Livestream, Augies Hotel, and Zepto, with the support of United Way Ghana and Orchid Hospitality Management Services.

It will run from 12 pm – 7 pm at the College of Physicians and Surgeons; Accra – No. 54 Independence Ave. near Ridge Roundabout.

Visit www.tedxharambe.com for more information or email us at tedxharambe@gmail.com.  The event will be streamed live on the website and at http://www.livestream.com/tedx2

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Re-blog: BarCamp Kumasi #bcksi – A Huge Success!


Barcamp Kumasi came off successfully on Sept 18, 2010 at the College of Engineering auditorium at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi and was under the theme;

Collaboration: The key for Opportunity and Development.

Over 80 people attended, mostly students from KNUST. The program run smoothly and I followed all of it through the many tweets coming from some of the organizing team members and others there. Glad to call the first ever Barcamp in Kumasi a success.

The keynote speaker and moderator for the day’s panel was Dr Douglas Adjepong, Founder and President of the Leadership and Mentorship Academy.

BarCamp Kumasi 2010

The other panelists were Mr. Stephen Agyepong – Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Eugene Oduro Birikorang, Acting Regional Manager, Millicom Gh Ltd (Tigo) and Daisy Baffoe – Meltwater Entrepreneurial School Of Technology (MEST).

The sponsors were Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), National Society of Black Engineers (KNUST chapter), GhanaThink Foundation, Google, IPMC Ghana, Fienipa Group, Leadership & Mentorship Academy, Mozilla Firefox, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School Of Technology (MEST) etc. The media partners were Kapital 97.1 FM, Focus 94.5 FM and ModernGhana.com.

See a couple of pictures taken by Mac-Jordan of AccraConscious Forever blog on his Flickr Page.

A lot more media from Barcamp Kumasi coming shortly. Congrats to the organizing team: Nana Kwabena Owusu of 233Tech, Teresa Lemaire, Kwamena Appiah-Kubi and Kofi Ulzen-Appiah for making this happen.

On Saturday, October 2, 2010; Barcamp Accra 2010 took place at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) campus.

BarCamp Takoradi is next on November 27, 2010. The national event, BarCamp Ghana in December, 2010 in Accra.
Get all information about all BarCamp events at BarCamp Ghana.

Follow  the BarCamp discussions of the various BarCamps on Twitter and Facebook below:

BarCamp Kumasi on Facebook and Twitter
BarCamp Accra on Facebook and Twitter
BarCamp Takoradi on Facebook and Twitter
BarCamp Ghana on Facebook and Twitter

Originally Written by Ato Ulzen-Appiah

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